EduPad – Collaborative real-time document editing
Do you want to work together with others on
- project plans,
- publications, or
- just any kind of text document
for your education or research projects? Not all of your students/team can be present at the same time or location? Even if they can, you want them to work together at any time? Maybe even across organisations?
Then EduPad is for you!
Secure Group Collaboration with EduPad
Are you part of a group which would like to collaborate on multiple documents, over a longer period of time, or more securely? Then we can set up a "pro pad", a collection of pads, reachable only using password-protected and encrypted links. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by email or on the phone to have such a group workspace set up and learn how to manage it.
- Shared editor for concurrent editing of text documents by multiple users
- Real-time update of all changes, with color highlighting of each users' activities
- Automatic, immediate saving of your editing steps; never lose data again
- Go back in time and see all changes to the document
- Replay the entire document creation process
How to use EduPad
If you are at the University of Konstanz or any of the other institutions of higher education in the state of Baden-Württemberg you can just click here to create a new pad and start sharing immediately. Once the pad has been created, anyone world-wide can collaborate with you on that new pad, once you have given them the address of your document, as we want you to be able to collaborate openly with anyone anywhere. Just the initial creation of pads has limited access to reduce abuse.
During collaboration, you should change your name by clicking on the the name box (see picture), entering your name, and hitting Return. You can also change the color in which your edits and chats appear by clicking on the color swatch left of your name.
To share your pad with others, just send them a mail with the URL of your pad, i.e. the one starting with edupad.uni-konstanz.de and ending in a cryptic character sequence. Only with this cryptic character sequence, you will be able to access your document, so do not lose it! (Recommendation: bookmark it) Anyone knowing this address can read and write your pad. If you want someone to have read-only access, a click on the Time Slider button allows you to obtain links to specific versions of the document and read-only links.
The disk icon (save button), the "saved revisions" button and the time slider allow you to work with revisions:
Other institutions of higher education
If you like EduPad and would like to create your own pads for research and education, please contactMarcel.Waldvogel@uni-konstanz.de for more information and options.